Barbara Bush: Oh, those disaster victims are just so lucky

Tracy Van Slyke

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Sometimes, I still get surprised by how out of touch and callous these people are… Read below….Barbara Bush: Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees from New OrleansBy E&P StaffPublished: September 05, 2005 7:25 PM ET updated 8:00 PMNEW YORK Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, "This is working very well for them."The former First Lady's remarks were aired this evening on National Public Radio's "Marketplace" program.She was part of a group in Houston today at the Astrodome that included her husband and former President Bill Clinton, who were chosen by her son, the current president, to head fundraising efforts for the recovery. Sen. Hilary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were also present.In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: "Almost everyone I've talked to says we're going to move to Houston."Then she added: "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

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Tracy Van Slyke, a former publisher of In These Times, is the project director for The Media Consortium.
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